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Aloo Bainsan (Eggplant and Potato)

(adapted from Manjula's Kitchen)


  • 1 large eggplant I used white eggplant and graffiti eggplant
  • 2 medium tomatoes cut in 1/2" cubes
  • 1 large russet potato cut in 1" chunks
  • 1/2 onion sliced thin strips
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • pinch of asafetida substitute onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seed
  • 1 chopped green chili adjust to taste
  • 1 tsp. grated ginger root
  • 1 1/2 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • Oil to fry


  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium high heat.
  2. Frying pan should have at least 1 1/2 inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put one piece of potato in the oil. The potato should sizzle right away. If vegetables are fried in low heat they will be very oily.
  3. Fry the potatoes till they are cooked through, turn the potatoes few times while frying. Take out potatoes with a slotted spoon (this allows excess oil to drip back into the frying pan) and place on a paper towel.
  4. Test the oil again with a piece of eggplant. Fry the eggplant pieces same way.
  5. In a small bowl, mix the shredded ginger, green pepper, coriander powder, paprika, turmeric, and 2 tablespoons of water to make a paste.
  6. Heat the 1-tablespoon of oil in a pan. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil; if seed cracks right away oil is ready.
  7. Add cumin seeds and asafetida after seeds crack add the spice mixture and stir-fry for a minute until you see the oil start to separate from the spice mixture.
  8. Add chopped tomatoes stir-fry for a minute.
  9. Add fried potatoes and eggplant mix it gently, let it simmer for three to four minute on medium low heat.
  10. Vegetables should be not very dry if needed add three to four spoons of water.
  11. Turn off the heat and add chopped cilantro mix it well.
  12. Left over makes great sandwiches.
  13. *I added the sliced onions when I fried the eggplant.